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Dreading Evaluations

Published January 28, 2013 6:07 AM by Scott Warner

At a leadership seminar a CEO said, “Performance evaluations give you at least one chance to have a conversation with your employees.”

I don’t disagree with that, especially for off shifts. But performance evaluations are also a chance to permanently document performance issues, impressions, and comments. They may be used as an instrument of punishment or at least proof of wrongdoing. There’s always two sides to a coin.

This can leave any of us dreading an evaluation, especially since we all have a natural cognitive bias to remember the most recent negative event.

I have certainly had terrible evaluations. I have been graded poorly on tests I rarely perform, asked to write my own evaluation, and graded by someone who has no idea what I do. I’ve been graded based on secret conversations with peers, criteria sprung on me during the evaluation, or so sporadically that I wonder why I’m being evaluated at all. Much of this is poorly presented, filled out ahead of time and handed to me like a subpoena. At one evaluation I was ordered to read it in full while my boss sat and watched. All this always happens behind closed doors, sprung on me as a surprise or scheduled in advance.

Seldom have I ever been evaluated on actual performance on the job: (as a tech) running a specific analyzer, troubleshooting problems, calling critical values according to policy, doing all tasks expected of me; (as a manager) completing a budget on time, holding meetings, being an effective leader, resolving personnel issues. This seems like a simple kind of evaluation to design and perform that would be beneficial for both parties, but instead it’s usually “attitude” stuff related to how organized I am, how well I communicate, how I get along with others and share my toys, and how “committed” I am to goals.

My evaluations are rarely a simple, honest chat -- with the door open! -- about exactly what I do, why I do it, and how I do it. That’s pathetic, but I suspect it’s the norm. No wonder people dread evaluations.

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1 comments

Fue un buen ejercicio, pouqre se siente mas compromiso, al igual que en los equipos de trabajo, si uno hace parte de la planeacion, ejecucion, desarrollo y seguimiento, el compromiso aumenta mas que si solo se limita a seguir ordenes impuestas por el que tiene mayor jerarquia.  Fue realmente enriquedor, pero se sentia muy raro, al ser la primera vez que en la vida de estudiante habia sucedido algo parecido, negociar con el profesor? los contenidos? parecia un chiste, como vamos a negociar los contenidos que un profesor experto ha preparado, y las evaluaciones? y los procentajes? y las reglas de la clase?  aprendimos mucho. especialmente a darnos cuenta que negociar es el pan de cada dia, y que lo hacemos cuando menos se espera.

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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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